Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Wind-blown ball helps Colleyville Heritage baseball take 4-3 win over Grapevine
COLLEYVILLE -- The District 6-5A baseball race is again a two-team affair and for that Colleyville Heritage can thank a wind-blown popup.
A fly ball off the bat of Preston Palmeiro came out of the glove of a diving Grapevine outfielder with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning, allowing Colleyville Heritage to score the decisive run in a 4-3 victory over its biggest rival Tuesday night before a capacity crowd.
Colleyville Heritage (15-9-1) and Grapevine (18-7-1), No. 6 in SportsDay’s Class 5A ranking, share the District 6-5A lead with 8-1 records.
Sophomore second baseman Alex Alvarenga began the winning rally with a one-out double to the wall in center. Cody Thomas was intentionally walked and after the second out of the inning, Palmeiro, the son of former major leaguer Rafael Palmeiro, got a chance.
The left-handed hitter got under a Connor McGuire pitch and sent it into shallow left. Three Mustangs converged, but the wind was obviously playing tricks.
“When you think about what is at stake and you factor in the wind, the height of the ball and three guys coming together, it wasn’t a routine play,’’ said Colleyville Heritage coach Alan McDougal.
McDougal’s team could have won the game in seven innings, but needing just one more out, a throwing error on a routine grounder gave Grapevine another chance. Zach Kornely capitalized on the opportunity with a game-tying single to force extra innings.
“Our mistake kept them in the game and they returned the favor,’’ said McDougal. “But there were a lot of great plays tonight, too.’’
Right fielder Thomas, an Oklahoma football signee as a quarterback, threw out Grapevine’s Antonio Lima trying to score from second on a base hit in the eighth inning. In the fourth inning, Thomas made a diving catch for the third out with two on base.
McGuire and Grant McClelland joined Kornely with RBI hits for Grapevine.
Christian Gonzales had a pair of run-scoring hits for Colleyville Heritage.
Colleyville Heritage didn’t take its first lead until the sixth when Carey Althouse doubled and scored on a wild pitch by McGuire when it appeared Jason Adams, the eventual winning pitcher, was squaring to drop a suicide squeeze bunt. McGuire’s pitch sailed to the screen.
The speed of Satchel Goodwin, son of former major leaguer Tom Goodwin, helped Grapevine go back in front 2-1 in the fifth. Goodwin stole second after being hit by a pitch. He tagged and moved to third on a fly ball to shallow right and scored on McGuire’s infield hit.
“We didn’t show the same ability to battle in the game at Grapevine [a 10-1 Grapevine win]’’ McDougal said. “Now, we have control back in our hands.’’